Greater Periwinkle (Vinca major) is native to the western Balkans and Southern Europe. It is a blue flower that blooms from April to June. It contains two alkaloids, used in pharmaceutical industry: “reserpin” and “vincamine”. Both substances have vasodilator properties, thereby reducing the blood pressure.
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